Throwing a birthday party for your toddler can be more than a little stressful, especially when you still haven’t decided if you want to go big or keep things small and quiet.
However, whatever you decide, you will need to keep our top tips in mind, whether you want to invite the whole preschool or just have something for family.
Keep it simple
You don’t need to have a huge extravagant entertainer or lots of activities planned. At this age, your little one isn’t really aware of what is going on, nor do they expect it to go a certain way like older children would.
Have a few activities planned
While you don’t need to go overboard, do make sure you have some activities planned – it is a party after all. Arts and crafts and lots of dancing are great ways to keep them amused without over doing it
Keep it short
Keep the party short and sweet otherwise your little one might become overtired and grumpy. Unless you are just inviting close family who you don’t feel like you need to keep entertained, you will need to set a time limit. Keep it between an hour and an hour and a half.
Make sure you have lots of healthy food choices
Just because it is a party doesn’t mean you need to forgo all the healthy options like sandwiches or fruit in favour of lots of sweets. Giving the kids foods with little substance will leave them feeling hungry and suffering from a sugar crash.
Don’t get an entertainer
While older kids love having a special person come in to the house to make balloon puppets, paint their face or even do a magic show, your toddler probably won’t appreciate it as much. In fact, they or their little friends might become frightened and upset by the experience.
Food for the adults
Last but certainly not least you need to ensure you have food for the adults. Being a toddler party, your little one’s friends' mums are bound to stay for a cup of tea or cake so make sure you have something for them.